The U.S. team competing in the amateur Walker Cup competition this weekend had a crimson tint to it.
The American team relied on three University of Alabama golfers - Bobby Wyatt, Justin Thomas and Cory Whitsett - to lead it to victory. Here's how The New York Times put it:
The triumvirate from Tuscaloosa — Wyatt, Thomas and Cory Whitsett — combined to earn 7 of the American team’s points in their win over the top amateurs from Britain and Ireland at the National Golf Links of America. They won or shared each one of their matches in the two-day competition until Whitsett lost his singles match to Callum Shinkwin on the 18th, after the American team had already clinched the victory on a 4-and-3 win by Nathan Smith.
Even still, Whitsett managed to have some fun with his struggles. Walking up the 18th fairway, he joked to a spectator, “I’m getting beat like Notre Dame,” referring to the Fighting Irish’s 42-14 loss to Alabama in the Bowl Championship Series national title game in January.
“Obviously, Alabama’s thought of as a football school,” Whitsett said. “It’s nice that maybe it will be thought about as a golf school a little bit more.”